Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Yacolt with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The road to the trail head is rough but doable in a stock 4Runner.

Definitely go up Ed’s Trail and come back on the Silver Star path. Breathtaking views of the area.

My daughter was driving her Honda Pilot and was not comfortable with driving up the last 2.4 miles to the trailhead so we parked and walked to the trailhead adding another 4.8 to the overall hike but it was still an amazing hike. I’m pretty sure someone with more experience (and patience) would have been able to make it to the trailhead in her Pilot but she was not about to try. This is the third or fourth time I’ve done this hike but still love it and will probably continue to hike it from time to time.

This is a fantastic hike. Had my dog with me so had to turn around about half way due to steep rock climb. Pretty slippery and would be easy for her or I to lose our footing and it would be a looong fall down. Didn't want to chance it. Will definitely go back without my adventure buddy to do the whole thing. Love that it is difficult to get to so not too many people (relative to other hikes in the area). On way back down the road there were a lot of cars parked on the narrow road making it difficult to get around them on the washouts.

easy trail. very enjoyable for a Saturday hike

hiking
29 days ago

When we got to about mile 3 someone moved the sign and sent us in the wrong direction. We were way off track on a very hot day. Needs better signs

backpacking
1 month ago

Went this weekend and did the full trip. Closer to 18 miles once account for for the hike to the campsites and back.

Extremely hot, coming back was more challenging than the first day. Partially because you’re sore. Partially because it’s up almost the whole way— albeit not as steep.

Biggest con is the forest area is extremely thick so there was zero breeze. Bugs were fine, but we did see snakes closer to the end of the trail. Also, it’s not quite bushwhacking level, but once you’re to the lesser travelled part it does become overgrown.

Would do again on a cooler weekend for sure.

I hiked Silver Star on July 11, 2018. Unfortunately, the road up to the base parking lot is impassable to anything but a jeep or high-centered, four-wheel drive vehicle, so I and a number of others had to park their cars along the road about three miles below the base parking lot, thus extending the hike by about six miles out and pack.

Once on Ed's and the Silver Star trail, the wildflowers were profuse with glacier lilies, cat's eye lilies, paintbrush, red columbine, penstemon, spirea and others. The bear grass had finished blooming, so only a few remote latecomers could be found. The flower fields were awash with butterflies.

The view of the four volcanoes from the beginning of Ed's trail--St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Hood--were particularly clear after the rainfall of the previous days.

If I go up next year, I'll probably rent a jeep somewhere like Enterprise

What an amazing hike this is! It has now landed a spot in my top 5 PNW day hikes. Went up on Ed’s Trail and came down on the Silver Star Trail. The views were stunning (even on a cloudy day), the wild flowers were amazing, and you can see multiple mountains and the gorge!

The road to the trail head is in horrible condition. There is a ton of wash out and the ruts are pretty deep in some areas. We were in a SUV and in 4WD and I still was uncomfortable driving up and down. I would highly recommend to go in a car with good clearance and 4WD. Take your time driving the road.

I love this hike. So it is possible to access the top with a truck or SUV...or anything with at least a foot of clearance -- but i recommend a 4WD or AWD vehicle. As long as you know how to read the road, you will be fine. I stayed in 2WD up and down, and it was raining pretty hard on the way down. I drive a 98 Ford exploder Sport. If you don't feel safe with this road, go to the Grouse Vista trailhead to Silver star as that road is fine.

The flowers were phenomenal, the views inspiring. Oh yeah, we saw a mountain goat!

Easy walk to the falls. You can walk out on the rocks, but watch your footing. There are multiple signs that say no water contact. There is a bathroom, parking lot and picnic areas here.

Great short, fairly easy hike with excellent views of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood and Jefferson. You'll walk through fields of wildflowers for most of the hike. Get out there early to beat the crowds. The last 2 miles of FR 4109 are indeed quite difficult. We drove to the trailhead in a Subaru Outback with few problems. but the going was slow and harrowing in a few parts. I wouldn't attempt it without 4 wheel drive and at least 8" of clearance. Consider a skid plate if your clearance is below 12".

Attempted the drive on 6/21. 41 Bridge was closed at the campground. Went up 1100 but couldn’t traverse the washout on 4109 in a Subaru. Another SUV and a Toyota Tundra also failed to get up it. We all decided we’d either pop a tire, get stuck or high center. Take the southern route instead.

Nice views and a good little work out

Need 4x4 in order to make it to the trailhead for sure. The hike is worth the effort with views of st Hellen’s, Rainer, Adams, and Hood as well as the Portland skyline and the Columbia. Take Ed’s trail only if adventurous and without young children. Otherwise the main trail is a relatively steady climb of 2.5 miles to the top. Wildflowers in the alpine like open trails are amazing in the late spring. The large grain gravel trail can be hard on some dogs paw pads.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. my very good friend Laura and I did this today the only complaint was we had a bunch of ticks on his because the trail is over grown in spots, and the other sad part is when you go over road and get back on the trial it ends on another road and there are no signs saying which way to go.
steep steep steep!!

attempted to drive up 5/26/18 and the road was so bad it couldn't be crossed by 4x4 vehicles. lots of crowding if incapable cars trying to turn around on the narrow forest roads. beautiful hike, but far too crowded unless you get out early.

I rate 3 stars because it was so confusing I went on a low traffic day so I didn’t go too far I definitely would like to go back and do the whole hike though

off road driving
2 months ago

We have a newer Outback, and we made it all the way to the top. Granted it was a slow drive, but the car didn’t budge once. Any 4x4 Truck, SUV or even Subaru will make it up just fine. For the rest, the road is not suitable.
The view is beautiful though, and I loved the drive up there just as much. Don’t go if your not adventurous type.

hiking
2 months ago

Out and back 17.5 miles. Trail well marked. Nice mix of open meadows, lush forest & lots of wildflowers. Views are fantastic on clear day. Took a little break at Cold Creek day use area and headed back. Day use area has no trash cans so be prepared to hike your garbage out with you. Saw animal droppings, looked like belonged to horses as they also use trail.

Hiked on Sunday despite all the clear cut the hike was nice. I loved being able to walk right up to the bottom of hidden Falls

Get here EARLY and I can’t stress that enough lol. Wonderful very easy hike for the whole family. I seen little children ages 2-3 that were hiking just fine. Little to no elevation gain but all of the falls are amazing. BEWARE: The Trail can definitely be confusing at times. If you want to check it out before you go there is YouTube video I did below, copy/paste the link.

https://youtu.be/hDOKVLZPGsw

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on May 18: well-marked trail until 3.7 Miles. After that there is no trail. Beautiful scenic views, tons of wildflowers. Be sure and check out Yacolt Falls on the way back.

Beautiful sunny day in spring. Tons of flowers. A good heart pumping hike to a beautiful view of the mountain. i was greeted by hundreds of butterflies in the clearcut revovery zone.

View at the top was unbelievable. Hike was strenuous: it felt like we would never stop climbing

hiking
3 months ago

hard not moderate but still good went here with my son and we had a good time. lots of snow too.

Be aware of this road in spring! The first 6 miles of the road is all right, but once you’re on the side-road on the way to Silver Star, you’ll be second guessing yourself. Beware! This road is incredibly dangerous for most vehicles and persons not familiar with off-road driving.

It was a fun adventure. I love taking photos off trail, looking for unique points of interest. I got a lot of great little photos on here. https://instagram.com/p/Bh-am7Fnd6z/

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail the first 2.5 miles are quite beautiful, with moderate inclined, water falls, view and just simply beautiful.
I did it in rain more rain and heavy rain with 35 miles in hour wind at the top. I recommend the trail in late spring when is full of flowers. Go be free.

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